c o u r s e s


Introduction  to World Music

Popular Music

History of Western Art Music

​Women in Music

Race and Class in Japanese Performing Arts

Music of Asia

​Music and Institutions
World Music

An overview of musical traditions throughout the world. Students are encouraged to question the formation of such boundaries and of such categories as "world music," "traditional music," and "folk music." This course also gives attention to how world musics are globalized and comodified by the media and recording industries; as such, it encourages the use of native terms for musical concepts, instruments, and genres. 
Popular Music

A historial survey course on popular music in the United States covering more than 150 years from the mid-nineteenth century up to the present. Three themes provide the focus for this course: 1) the interdependence of three main cultural areas in the formation of popular music (African American, European American, and Latin American); 2) the contribution of dance forms to music, and 3) how technology shaped popular music.

History of Western Art Music

The primary goal of this course is to learn how to listen to classical music and how to understand musical languages of various epochs, styles, and composers. Emphasis upon the listening experience and awareness of musical style and structure.

Music of Asia

This survey course explores the sounds, histories, cultures, communities, modes of engagements, and sociopolitical aspects of musical styles found in Asia.The musical styles the course covers is wide ranging. Issues of ethnicity, gender, class, diversity, identity, and cultural politics will be addressed throughout the course.

Women in Music

This course gives an overview of the role of women in a wide variety of musical cultures and genres. Students will analyze musical works and the manner in which women are portrayed as performers, produces, audience members, and consumers. Major topics covered include: women in popular musics, women in Western art (classical) music, and women in non-Western music. Students will gain critical listening skills, become familiar with musical fundamentals, and improve their ability to discuss and analyze cultural and social issues in terms of feminist theory.

​Race and Class in Japanese Performing Arts

This course is an introduction into four distinct genres of Japanese performing arts: Kabuki theater, Joryuri storytelling, Taiko drumming, and indigenous Ainu music. This course will study their musical styles and history and investigate how they are defined by race and class.